A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.
Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:
- Clean and bathe patients or residents
- Help patients use the toilet and dress
- Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
- Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
- Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
- Serve meals and help patients eat
- Nursing Assistant
Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024.
The average wage for this career is $12.13 hourly or $25,230 annually.
Location and Hours:
- Lindsey Hopkins Technical College (Certificate – 1230 Hours)
- Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 1230 Hours)
- Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 1230 Hours)